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How Rick Perry turned on the Tea Party
Redstate ^ | 5/30/2012 | Griffin

Posted on 06/02/2012 11:25:41 AM PDT by Qbert

Upon Chief Justice Taney’s death, President Lincoln was tasked with replacing the Chief Justice of SCOTUS.  Monty Blair had served as a loyal friend throughout Lincoln’s first administration.  Likewise, Edward Bates had proven his loyalty to Lincoln over-and-over again.  Both were well qualified men.  Both greatly desired the position.  Yet, in the end, Lincoln knew that there was but one choice that would best serve the Union.  He knew that although Salmon Chase had essentially been dismissed from his Cabinet in disgrace and although Chase had been anything but loyal to Mr. Lincoln, Chase was an abolitionist and the one to right the wrongs of the Taney court and their Dred Scott decision.  Lincoln understood that the personal relationships that he had built were not necessary what was best for the country. 

Following the massive 2008 defeat of Republicans from sea-to-shining-sea, Senator Jim DeMint boldly decided that what the country needed was true conservatives willing to stand up to big spending republicans.  He didn’t make a lot of friends when he began endorsing insurgent Tea Party candidates through his Senate Conservative Fund, but he did make a difference.  His Senate colleagues turned their back on him.  But he pressed on and he helped fuel a conservative revolution that pushed the party and the nation in a rightward direction.  He knew that the fate of the country was more important than the job security of some of his DC friends.

If only Rick Perry could grasp this concept.   

During the Texas U.S. Senate primary, Governor Rick Perry was presented with two options – ok he was presented with nine candidate options, but two true options for the republican nomination.  The establishment man, the most powerful republican in Texas, David Dewhurst – big spender, massive appropriator, earmarker, a guy who had more in common with the guys across the aisle, than the guys on his side of the aisle, or Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin backed Ted Cruz. 

Perry chose poorly, he sided with Dewhurst.  As I’ve said a thousand times before.  I don’t have a problem with RINO’s from Maine.  I don’t have a problem with liberal republicans like Kirk and Brown from Illinois and Massachusetts, but I do have a problem with a Mark Kirk coming from to us from Texas.

This isn’t even to say that someone who works across the aisle is not to be desired.  It is however, to say that someone who works with D’s more often than R’s would best serve the American people by staying in Texas.

Democrats don’t nominate a candidate in the mold of Joe Manchin in California or New York.  They nominate a Feinstein or Boxer.  While it is true that a political party should be a big tent and allow moderates in, the moderates can’t come from the conservative states (I’m talking to you Lindsey Graham).  We should elect moderates from moderate states and conservatives from conservative states.  Moderates aren’t the ones looking to save the country by capping the debt ceiling, lowering spending, etc.

But, without thanks to Mr. Perry, Mr. Cruz the law clerk of William Rehnquist and a Hispanic American from the Harvard Law Review will now face off in a run-off election with Mr. Dewhurst.  Again, we have the establishment wing of the party stuck in a different age while the Tea Party continues to find talent in minorities and ideals that win elections.  Rick Perry might want to reconsider his strategy.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: dewhurst; perry; tedcruz

"Perry chose poorly, he sided with Dewhurst.  As I’ve said a thousand times before.  I don’t have a problem with RINO’s from Maine.  I don’t have a problem with liberal republicans like Kirk and Brown from Illinois and Massachusetts, but I do have a problem with a Mark Kirk coming from to us from Texas."

Yep.

1 posted on 06/02/2012 11:25:51 AM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Shoot, the GOP is set to nominate a liberal to run for President, so why shouldn’t Texas nominate one for the Senate race?


2 posted on 06/02/2012 11:29:32 AM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (not voting for the lesser of two evils)
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To: Qbert
Yet, in the end, Lincoln knew that there was but one choice that would best serve the Union. He knew that although Salmon Chase had essentially been dismissed from his Cabinet in disgrace and although Chase had been anything but loyal to Mr. Lincoln, Chase was an abolitionist and the one to right the wrongs of the Taney court and their Dred Scott decision.

Actually, it is at least equally likely that Lincoln saw putting Chase on the court as an effective way of getting rid of a political rival.

3 posted on 06/02/2012 11:33:14 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Qbert

Never forget that Cruz got only 34% of the republicans that voted to pull the lever for him in the primary. So more than just Perry must have seen the race differently or chose wrong.


4 posted on 06/02/2012 11:34:56 AM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: Qbert

Rick Perry has sided with Dewhurst only because Perry wants him out of Austin.


5 posted on 06/02/2012 11:35:46 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: deport

Actually to think that Cruz, who was unknown a year ago could get 34% in a race with a man who had been in the public eye for 11 years and in a race with 8 other people including a former mayor of the second largest city in the state so he had name recognition and even including Crag James who has name recognition if only sports name recognition
to go against all that and to get 34% is pretty remarkable. There must be something in his message that attracts people
and now that it is down to a 2 person race i will pay attention to what each offers.


6 posted on 06/02/2012 11:43:42 AM PDT by RWGinger (Simpl)
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To: deport

"Never forget that Cruz got only 34% of the republicans that voted to pull the lever for him in the primary."

Yeah, in a race in which... nine people were running.

(And Dewhurst only got ten percent more than Cruz).

7 posted on 06/02/2012 11:44:01 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: deport
Never forget that Cruz got only 34% of the republicans that voted to pull the lever for him in the primary.

And, never forget that Dewberry couldn't even get 50% of the vote in the primary.

8 posted on 06/02/2012 11:46:54 AM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: humblegunner

Ping!


9 posted on 06/02/2012 11:48:43 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

Perry is a democrat who switched parties...not ideaology. He is a cronygovernment guy. anyone that thought he was a Tea Party kind of pol was suckered.


10 posted on 06/02/2012 11:49:19 AM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: Qbert

Yep three candidates got a little over 91% of the vote with the remainder going to the other 6. All I’m saying is that the Cruz group didn’t sway much over 1/3 of the voters. That says something, what I’m not sure. Now he’s head up in the runoff and that will be a different ball game. But the primary race results still remain.


11 posted on 06/02/2012 11:50:18 AM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: deport

well Cruz will have 4 more votes with my daughters, wife and myself voting. I’ll do my part with texting, messaging and emailing all my friends and contacts that are friends to get out and vote. might even do a follow up phone call. Who knows? Might help get Cruz in.


12 posted on 06/02/2012 11:50:24 AM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Qbert
Rick Perry would have made a fantastic President.. He was far better than all of those running and was the most qualified

Having said that, he's dead wrong on this one. He should NOT be supporting the Milquetoast Dewhurst. Don't know what he's thinking here

13 posted on 06/02/2012 11:50:24 AM PDT by NE Cons (Huge Palin Fan. Was a Hard-Core Perry supporter. Now Hard-Core ABO)
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To: q_an_a

So was Reagan


14 posted on 06/02/2012 11:52:16 AM PDT by NE Cons (Huge Palin Fan. Was a Hard-Core Perry supporter. Now Hard-Core ABO)
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To: Qbert

RP is now showing his true colors as an entrenched, elitist Republican who believes that political cronyism is the way to go and cronies are the ones who should hold whatever office.


15 posted on 06/02/2012 11:52:29 AM PDT by izzatzo (Just beat Obama.)
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To: Jane Long

Yey you are correct but he had 10.4% more than his nearest competitor. The runoff will be a different race with a lower turnout and dependent upon which one can get their supporters out. It may well bode better for Cruz.


16 posted on 06/02/2012 11:54:41 AM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: deport

"That says something, what I’m not sure.."

It says that the presumptive candidate wasn't able to get more than ten percent against an upstart. The momentum is with Cruz.

17 posted on 06/02/2012 11:56:59 AM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert
Perry knows Mitt ain't gonna pick him for Veep so he is positioning himself to challenge Biden in 2016...

...course he will have to go back to his Democrat roots.

18 posted on 06/02/2012 11:56:59 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Light in the loafers Obama" not that there is anything wrong with that!!!)
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To: Qbert
Lincoln understood that the personal relationships that he had built were not necessarily what was best for the country.

An important point that GWB never quite grasped.

19 posted on 06/02/2012 11:58:11 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Qbert

Dewhurst has worked with Rick Perry for a long time. If he had not supported Dewhurst, Perry would have looked terrible. He had no choice. I voted for Cruz, but I also understood why Perry supported Dewhurst.


20 posted on 06/02/2012 12:01:39 PM PDT by Essie
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To: Qbert

Cruz will destroy Dewhurst in a debate.


21 posted on 06/02/2012 12:01:56 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: izzatzo

"RP is now showing his true colors as an entrenched, elitist Republican who believes that political cronyism is the way to go and cronies are the ones who should hold whatever office."

Yep. Underneath it all, he's basically a political opportunist who lacks true Conservative instincts.

22 posted on 06/02/2012 12:09:20 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Happy Rain
course he will have to go back to his Democrat roots.

He never left them. Many voted anyone but Dewhurst. Even with that, I'm worried he might get the votes especially with those lying political ads about Cruz. BTW, Cruz got two votes from this household and he'll get them again next time.

23 posted on 06/02/2012 12:16:27 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Qbert

La Raza Rick continues to prove the arguments those who opposed his candidacy have been making about him. He is no conservative and he is certainly not on the side of the TEA Party.

24 posted on 06/02/2012 12:30:50 PM PDT by South40
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To: Qbert

You maybe correct. But we’ll know in 60 days what the voters will say not our speculating.


25 posted on 06/02/2012 12:33:43 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: Essie

Perry would have looked terrible.


Is that kinda like situation when someone supporter McCain?


26 posted on 06/02/2012 12:37:38 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: Essie
Perry supported Dewhurst for one reason: He HATES him. He wants him out of Texas.

FACT.

27 posted on 06/02/2012 12:47:21 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: Perdogg

It’s a win-win for Rick either way.

If Dewhurst wins, he’s rid of him.
If Dewhurst loses and remains Lt. Gov., Perry can always remind him that he owes him a favor.


28 posted on 06/02/2012 1:13:18 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: deport

money and name recognition got Dewhurst about 45%. Cruz was a clear winner of the rest of the field, and built up his name rec in a relatively short time.


29 posted on 06/02/2012 1:47:38 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: deport
All I’m saying is that the Cruz group didn’t sway much over 1/3 of the voters.

About what Romney got until everyone else dropped out.

30 posted on 06/02/2012 1:48:49 PM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period.)
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To: NE Cons
So was Reagan

So was Mayor Bloomberg, what is your point?

31 posted on 06/02/2012 1:50:50 PM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period.)
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To: Qbert

Perry’s got his pros and cons. In this situation, Perry is demonstrating one of his biggest weaknesses. While he’s a limited government kind of guy, he is no stranger to crony capitalism and the buddy system...scratch my back/I’ll scratch yours. It is prevelent in all politics, and definitely in the Texas Republican party. Here, Perry is backing his guy.

I don’t blame him for the endorsement. As others said, it is his Lt Governor, and to not do so would be poor. That said, he’s made some pretty strong statements (such as warning outsiders to stay out of TX politics), that shows a little more about Perry.


32 posted on 06/02/2012 1:57:51 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: ilgipper

You are correct in that he got about 62% of the non Dewhurst vote. The question remains where will that other 38% non Dewhurst/Cruz vote go in the runoff. It will be interesting no doubt and generally when someone like Dewhurst gets forced into a runoff they’ll lose. Turnout should be lower and diehard supporters will have a larger impact which may favor Cruz. We’ll know in 60 days. I’m reminded of the AK Senator race a couple years back where a write in beat the primay winner.


33 posted on 06/02/2012 2:09:20 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: NE Cons

Don’t confuse Perry with Reagan.

Reagan was a 1930s/1940s democrat, not an anti-Reagan democrat that only switched parties after HW Bush replaced President Reagan in 1988.


34 posted on 06/02/2012 3:07:40 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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To: NE Cons

That’s what I get for going by memory, Perry wanted to replace Reagan with Al Gore in 1988.


To: *****
A Perry thread means Reagan being dragged through the mud, Reagan last voted for a Democrat President in 1948, the WWII era.
Perry was wanting to replace President Reagan with an Al Gore Democrat just as Reagan’s administration was on the verge of Cold War victory in 1988.

43 posted on Wed Aug 17 2011 08:46:24 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) by ansel12


35 posted on 06/02/2012 3:16:42 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors, where the GOP now goes for it's Presidential candidates.)
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To: NE Cons

the difference was regan started a revolution and Perry stayed ture to is core - Help your friends by spending gov. moeny with them. Not exactly the same life story. Maybe that is why Perry lasted one debate and looked worse in all rest - there is no there there.


36 posted on 06/02/2012 3:24:26 PM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: deport
It is very similar to the POTUS "election." With Romney as the presumptive nominee, conservatives have no horse in the race. If Establishmentarian Dewhurst is the nominee, why bother voting for the Senate in Texas this year. Maybe there are Congressional candidates and state legislative candidates worth voting for but the GOP-E are looking to bore the hell out of conservatives and suppress their turnout. If Dewhurst is the nominee, fold your wallets and make worthwhile plans for something (other than voting) to do on election day. If the GOP-E money mavens want to keep using their over-stuffed checking accounts to bully and buy their way to nominations, to hell with them.

Cruz for Senate: Texas GOP has a future. Dewhurst: Megayawn. If Texas has to settle for this useless elitist POS and compromise, compromise, compromise, then politics is useless and we need to destroy the GOP and start over again.

37 posted on 06/02/2012 4:10:15 PM PDT by BlackElk (Viva Cristo Rey! Tom Hoefling for POTUS! Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: q_an_a

I wasn’t comparing Perry to Reagan. No one would be so foolish... I simply implied that converting from Dem to Rep many decades ago, in itself, doesn’t mean someone can’t be trusted, or can’t be a conservative... When Perry was a Dem, most conservatives in the South were Dems...


38 posted on 06/02/2012 4:31:44 PM PDT by NE Cons (Huge Palin Fan. Was a Hard-Core Perry supporter. Now Hard-Core ABO)
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To: NE Cons

Thanks for you comment - I am not one of those who defends all things Ronnie, but what has upset me is what the Tea Party is all about...spending. Folks like Perry are “tough”on taxes until you see all the hidden ways people are taxed. The real TX tax rate is not low, and the money that pours in from property taxes and user fees is used to pay off insiders. I hate it in TX and in Washington.


39 posted on 06/03/2012 4:31:29 AM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: q_an_a

Thanks. The only person in the past 20 years who could have come close to being Reagan-esque- if given the change, was Palin. Perhaps in 4 or 8 years, her star will rise again, as POTUS, and she’ll have an opportunity to prove it


40 posted on 06/03/2012 7:00:01 AM PDT by NE Cons (Huge Palin Fan. Was a Hard-Core Perry supporter. Now Hard-Core ABO)
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To: NE Cons

I think that Sarah, a well qualified leader, is going to be more like Breitbart than Ronnie. She will make some unknowns members of the political class and they MAY do what is needed.


41 posted on 06/03/2012 7:35:48 PM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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